Rogers High School Ranks 21 in GoLocalProv Top High School List

Rogers High School ranked 21 out of 51 Rhode Island schools.

Rogers High Schools ranks as the number 21 high school in the state, according to GoLocalProv’s Third Annual Top High Schools list, which was released on Monday.

The list included public, charter and technical schools, which factored reading, math and writing proficiency, student to teacher ratio, spending per student, four-year graduation rates, average verbal, math and writing SAT scores into the rankings.

Rogers High School charted the highest spending per student, at $18,732 in 2009-2010. View the complete list here.

Schools were ranked according to the following calculations:

Student/Teacher Ratio 15%
Per Pupil Spending 15%
NECAP-English 10%
NECAP-Math 10%
NECAP-Science 10%
SAT-Verbal 10%
SAT-Math 10%
SAT-Writing 10%
Graduation Rate 10%

nptresident May 15, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Gee, Rogers ranked 8 according to US News and World Report! http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/rhode-island/rankings
John Weisley May 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I am a graduate from Rogers High School, and I can tell you first hand how difficult it is to go to a good college after graduating from Rogers. Per pupil spending is not a bragging right, in fact it is measure of inefficiency. What I want to know is what percentage of Rogers graduates go on to a 4 year college and graduate within 4 years?? What percentage of Rogers graduates get accepted to top-50 colleges and universities? top-100 colleges and universities? I spent 5 years as a chef, you don't need to go to a vocational school to do that. What is the purpose of a vocational school to teach auto-repair, spending $18k a year per pupil, when the average auto repair job pays $7.15/hr or LESS than most jobs in Newport?? Who can afford to live in Newport off $7.15/hr??? Didn't they just have an article that stated that over 30% of the pupils at Rogers were in danger of being more than 20 days tardy or absent this year alone?? Smoke in mirrors
nptresident May 15, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Hey, Wesley....school is what you make it. Students who go to Rogers are accepted to top schools every year....Brown, Northeastern, Boston College, Naval Academy, Holy Cross - those are the ones that I have heard of recently. Vocational education is extremely important - it's not SMOKE AND MIRRORS.
nptresident May 15, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Oops...meant to address this to John!
John Weisley May 15, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I respect your opinion and agree with your point that the Rogers experience is what you make it. Unfortunately, the taxpayer does not get good value funding Rogers high school. Rogers is not looked upon favorably by college admittance counselors. I know people who have been admitted to the schools you mention above, they are however in the vast minority. More students fail out of Rogers than go on to a top 50 college or university. There are many excellent educators at Rogers. However the bad teachers that are allowed to stay bring down everyone else. There is a lack of discipline that has existed at the school for more than 15 years. Kids freely come and go. There are no consequences for missing school or performing badly in class. If a child is unable to get into an AP course, they may find themselves in a baby sitting room learning nothing for most of the year. The solution in my opinion is greater funding and higher accountability. Making real improvements to Rogers will attract more middle and upper middle class families to Newport (right now the city is shedding those families), the more tax revenues the city will collect, and the better off financially the city will be.
nptresident May 15, 2012 at 09:46 PM
You are saying two things - kids get into competitive schools, but the school is not looked upon favorably by colleges. I respect your opinion, but that's all it is - your opinion. This negativity is all we ever hear, and yet kids come out and do very well. Go figure.
another angry resident May 15, 2012 at 09:55 PM
John I'd have to agree with you 100%, a student was going to flunk a class for not doing their work and being disrespectful, but the Principal intervened and actually told the Teacher, that you will pass this student. All because She needed the school to get to that specific level of graduates. Cater to the scumbag kids and the scumbag families that don't pay any taxes, that's been a great tactic for the last 20 years, not. Stop letting people slide, if you are not good enough you failas a student and if you are not good enough as a teacher you are fired...
John Weisley May 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
No, that's not the point I made at all. The point is that some kids get into good schools, but that the percentage is very small, too small to justify the cost. My point is we can do better. So what if one student gets into the Coast Guard Academy and one student gets into Brown. If 20% of the students fail out, and 40% fail to go to any college, and 60% fail to retain salaried employment 10 years after graduating, we have a problem. Its not an opinion, its a fact. Why do you think the guidance counselors at Rogers overwhelmingly advise students to go to in state community colleges or URI?? Because they have few connections elsewhere. My point is not to promote negativity. Its not to bash public schools. We need good public schools. I think we shouldn't settle for a second rate highs school, I think we should demand better. We should spend MORE money on Rogers and demand MORE accountability.
John Weisley May 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM
We don't need to resort to calling people names or perpetuating stereotypes. Every person in Newport pays taxes. Every person pays state taxes when they buy something. Every person pays property taxes either directly through the ownership of their home, or indirectly through rent. Even residents who live in subsidized housing pay some form of fee to live there. There are families who do not adequately care for their children. Some of those children go to Rogers. The question is how do you effectively deal with those children, and those children from good families, or different socioeconomic backgrounds who ALSO misbehave. There is no easy answer. I agree with you that there should be more accountability. I also agree that a minimum requirement of graduates (if true) would be a farce upon the principle of meritocracy that is embedded in our society and culture. I don't know what the answer is. My point is that we should not settle for a mediocre public school system. We should push reforms that make Rogers a better school, reforms that compel attendance. For example: why is the school day from 7:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.??? are you kidding me??? what are kids supposed to do from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. when mom and dad get home?? Idle hands make idle..... you know how that goes. The school day should go to at least 4 p.m. Too much instruction never hurt a kid.
Elizabeth K May 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I'm a graduate of Portsmouth High School when it was top-rated in the state. I am extremely disappointed at the state of the schools on the island. It makes no economic sense to have three high schools on the island. If people would willingly consider consolidation, I think that Aquidneck Island has the resources to develop the best, comprehensive educational programs in the state. I know people, esp. in Portsmouth, are esp. reluctant to idea, but the school system is a mess and getting messier, so pooling resources needs to happen. Investing in a state-of-the -art high school would mean that the island residents, esp in Newport would be more willing to send their kids into public school making Newport and all of the island more attractive place to live and do business. I don't mean to leave Tiverton out. But I think that they are better offf consolidating with Little Compton.
John Weisley May 16, 2012 at 06:45 PM
The elephant in the room (for Portsmouth residents) are the public housing developments in Newport. Portsmouth parents don't want their kids sharing a school with students from a lower socioeconomic background from families that are stereotypically broken, undisciplined, and from families who statistically have a lower percentage of adults who have attained a higher education. The elephant in the room for consolidation in general are the unions. Consolidation means fewer administrative positions (usually higher paying jobs) and more efficiency (ie fewer union jobs). A consolidated high school offering a competitive college track program and a non-college track program with options (partnerships with community colleges and trade schools, like IYRS, the national guard, union employers like RI DOT, etc), would benefit both parents of varying socioeconomic backgrounds and students of varying aspirations. Parents and residents of all ages and backgrounds need to come together and say enough is enough. We will not settle for second rate schools and we are willing to try ANYTHING to effect change.
Rhody May 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Elizabeth, what school system is a mess? If you're referring to Portsmouth, you're sadly midinformed.
Elizabeth K May 17, 2012 at 12:46 AM
There has been a clear demise in the quality of education in Portsmouth. As I said, Portsmouth was top-rated in the state, now it is not. Portsmouth is ranked lower than other school districts with similar socio-economic make-ups. It spends less per students There has been continued cuts in classes and school services. Blame it on the economy, but other like school districts seem to fair better. It concerns me that the town seems more concerned about a turf field than improvements in the quality of education. It is one of the last school districts in the state without full day kindergarten. I'd like to see talk of building a new elementary school, since the two are old and in need of updates. IT's been 2 years since Elmhurst closed, it would nice to have some talk of better Elementary and Middle Schools. I do like that there is finally talk of a playground at he Middle School. I'd like to see regionalization and pooling of resources. I've lived in many other states with county-wide school systems and see huge advantages to that model. I understand the concerns of having student body of lower socio-economic status, but honestly I think done correctly, there is more opportunity to offer needed services to high-risk students in each town. Regionalizing with Newport also better prepares students for the more diverse world that awaits them. Just me take. I don't think I'm at all or at least all that misinformed.


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